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Information for Elly Arp Gotsch

30 March, 1907 - 16 September, 1996

From the Idaho Press-Tribune

September, 1996
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Elly Gotsch

    Elly Arp Gotsch died Monday, September 16, 1996, at the Sunny Ridge Retirement Center after a short illness.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, at Kirkpatrick Memorial Community Church, Parma.  Pastor David Kegley will officiate under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.  Pastor Larry Ragains will deliver the eulogy.  Burial will be in Lower Boise Cemetery, Parma.
    Elly Gotsch was born March 30, 1907, in Laboe, Germany.  In 1931, she immigrated to Parma and on July 20, 1931, she married her fiancee, Carl Gotsch, in Vale, Oregon.  The couple settled on the Mitchell farm north of Parma. I n 1939, Elly and Carl moved to the Ten Davis community where they resided for over 50 years.
    Elly was one of the earliest members and a stalwart of the Ten Davis Social Circle.  The 70-year-old Circle, which continues to this day, has been the heart of much of the community's life.  Elly served many times in its various offices and remained an active member of the Circle until her move to Sunny Ridge Retirement Center in 1992.
    The Ten Davis community has changed greatly in the 50 years that Carl and Elly resided there.  However, Elly leaves a legacy of neighborliness and caring that provides an example to the present generation.  Her life exemplifies a continuity of family and community commitment that has endured to this day.  She was a special person in a special place.  Elly will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother by her family; she will be remembered for her kindness and generosity by all who knew her.
    Elly was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, in 1986.
    She is survived by three sons and their wives, Carl Gotsch of Palo Alto, California, and Hans and Bill Gotsch, both of Parma; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; three sisters; one brother, and numerous other relatives living in Germany.
    Memorials may be made to the Support Our Students Fund, P.O. Box 60, Parma, Idaho; the Kirkpatrick Church; or the Parma Senior Citizens.

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